Purge & Slouch (25th Anniversary Edition)
2010 marks the 25th anniversary of Valley Of Rain – the debut album by Giant Sand and Fire Records is proud to announce the start of a Giant Sand/ Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues from September 2010, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums.
“Purge & Slouch” was originally released in 1993 and is the ninth Giant Sand reissue in the series from Fire Records and follow up to the successful ‘Center Of The Universe’.
After the commercial and critical success of ‘Center Of The Universe’, Giant Sand looked to lay down the instinctive and impulsive spark of the band onto record, “Believing in recording in “the moment of impact” to result in a “perfect harvest” where a song gets captured the first time it ever gets played, and this record marks the moment where 98.5 % of it was done like this”. Howe was planning on it being his “metal machine music” album, but instead, “some real songs happened too many times in the process … songs I have never learned”.
Recorded at a house on the outskirts of Tucson, ‘Ramp’ features some local guest guitarists on a couple of tracks with the aim to “fully realize an album without working up any of it before arriving at the studio”.
“Giant Sand is a mood,” says Howe’ of Giant Sand, as if trying to offer a low-key explanation for his dizzying array of artistic exploration that includes a back-catalogue of some 40 albums as a singer, band-leader and producer. After growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1970’s, it wasn’t until he moved to Tuscon, Arizona that he met his musical soul mate, the guitarist Rainer Ptaceck. The two formed Giant Sandworms and issued only a handful of recordings before the worms were put to rest: since then, Giant Sand have released 24 albums – an impressive haul when considering Howe’s equally prolific output under other projects including Black Ranchette and Arizona Amp & Alternator as well as his solo releases.
New Album: “Blurry Blue Mountain” – released October 25th 2010
Re-issues: Fire Records will be releasing all 25 records by Giant Sand, Howe Gelb, Arizona Amp & Alternator, Band of Blacky Ranchette.